Thursday, February 3, 2011

So much to cover...

Only 3 topics...

1. Today is my first day at work all week. My current/temporary schedule consists of working Tuesday afternoons (I'm always off on Mondays), and I ended up not being needed for two reasons... there was no surgery for me to work that day, and #2, the lab/x-ray offices closed at 1pm due to the weather. Then our offices were closed yesterday. I've managed to workout, but not quite how I'd like. I did my as-planned strength workout on Monday at the gym. Tuesday I was stuck in the house because of the weather (nobody was driving that day), but was able to do another strength workout. That particular workout, shoulders/bi's/tri's, I happen to have the necessary equipment and proper weights. So, it worked out for me. I was hoping for a run yesterday, but it didn't happen. Hubs and I didn't venture out until late afternoon. I intended to get up at 4:20am and head into the gym this morning for a run, but it didn't happen due to waking up many, many times from a stuffy nose. Soooo, to sum it all up, I'm getting into the gym tonight after work for my first real run this week. I'm hoping I can make it in again tomorrow morning before work too. So, I'm just calling this a weather-induced cut-back week.

2. I'm not really getting much of a long-run in this week... I'm heading out of town tomorrow after work for a baby shower in Ohio. The shower is on Saturday and my friend was kind enough to invite me to stay the night at her house the night before. So, I'll be heading out tomorrow night (thus, why I need to get a run in tomorrow morning before work), and coming home Saturday late afternoon/early evening. I'm contemplating hitting the gym Sunday morning before church for a few miles, although I know I'd have to be off the treadmill by 8:45 and heading home shortly after (they open at 8am). Better than nothing... I feel like I'm going to need those extra few miles because...

3. Its Super Bowl Sunday! Baby Shower cake and goodies on Saturday, followed by SBS food and goodies on Sunday. Man, its going to be a great weekend! We're just having our good friends, L & N, over for the festivities. L & I aren't even really interested in the game (Colts aren't in it), so we're just using the event as an excuse to make some yummy food and get together for awhile. And let me tell you, our goodies for SBS are going to be AWESOME. I'll do my best to post about it next week. Just think chocolate & peanut butter (namely, Reese Cups and Reese's Pieces) overload and it'll be a fairly accurate description of our SBS dessert. CANNOT wait!

Have a Happy (and hopefully ice-and-snow-free) Thursday!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Three Things

Oh, so many things floating around in my head... Lets see if I can manage to condense them into 3 little topics.

1. I have a tendency to analyze the crap out of things. I've been doing this lately with the carb-rotation diet. I analyze the crap out of every calorie I put into my body, every ounce of weight that I gain or lose, and then every little bit of guilt I have over any non-diet food I put into my mouth. So, I think for awhile, I'm abandoning the diet. Not completely, but mostly. I'm still going to eat 5 small meals through the day. I'm going to keep the food I consume as clean as possible. I'm going to try my best to consume veggies at least once per day. But as far as weighing every tenth of an ounce of food, or even weighing every tenth of an ounce of my weight, I'm not going to do it. I'm allowing myself some cheats, either in the form of meals or snacks, but I'm not going to go wild with it. If we're craving Mexican (like we were last night), then we'll go get Mexican (like we did last night). The diet has made me crazy, for lack of a better term. I'm just going to do my best to maintain my current weight. If I eat like crap one day, then I'll follow a stricter eating plan the following day, maybe two days, depending on how crappy I ate. I've just come to the conclusion that I'm way too stressed about my weight and body image. By mostly abandoning the diet, I'm working toward achieving that sense of emotional balance that I'm striving for this year.

2. I'm still thinking about doing a marathon... I ran the Indianapolis Half Marathon this past October, which was beautiful. The weather was perfect, the scenery was great... Race conditions for the day couldn't have been more ideal than they were that day. So, if I were to run a marathon, this one would be the one to run. October 15th of this year. That gives me plenty of time to complete the training plan, not to mention plenty of time to build up my base of mileage and fitness level. What was your thought process when trying to decide about running your first marathon?

3. The Hubs, the Babe and I are going to the Creation Museum this weekend. We're pretty excited about it! Its only roughly 2-3 hours away from here, and we're using this as an opportunity to not only visit the museum for the first time, but we're also treating this as a test run for our road trip to Orlando at the end of February for the Disney Princess Half and our vacation. It'll be a few hours in the car to see how the Babe does and an overnight stay away from home to see how well he sleeps in the pack-n-play too. Soooo, we'll see how that goes for us.

And a bonus 4. Sis and I are in the Disney Princess Half Marathon next month! Yay!! We want to dress the part for the race and are thinking tutu's. Anyone out there have any fun wardrobe suggestions, tutu-related or otherwise, that are running-friendly?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Balance - You can have it, the key is finding it.

I don't know how many of you out there listen to K-Love radio, but its pretty much the only station I listen to. In the mornings, the DJ's (Scott and Kelli? I get them all confused) have been talking about New Years Resolutions. Not necessarily making them, but they have been using the concept of picking one word to describe your goals for the year and your life. They have encouraged their listeners to pray about it and even take a test-run of your one word to see how well it can apply to your life. Well, after thinking and praying about it for the last few weeks, I think I've come up with my word:


There are many areas in which I want need to find balance in my life. I need to find BALANCE when it comes to eating, body image, and exercise. Those are the three biggest areas. When it comes to eating, I need to find a healthy balance between eating healthy and clean and indulging once in awhile. This balance will allow me to occasionally splurge while not going overboard and still maintaining a healthy body weight. With that, I need to allow myself those small splurges and joys of eating without, and I repeat, WITHOUT beating myself up and drowning myself in guilt. I need to find a healthy balance when it comes to exercise. I want to fit in the exercise I need to do on a weekly basis, while not taking away from family time and not creating burnout. I tend to try to go days at a time without any rest, and then I feel burnout and exhaustion start to creep in. That's when I drop off the running bandwagon for awhile. But I need to find that healthy balance in my exercise life to where I am satisfied with the workouts I am putting in and still getting proper rest, and especially getting in all the time I can with my husband and no-longer-a-baby boy. Lastly, I need to find and achieve a healthy balance in my body image. I need to be able to look at myself, be happy and content with what I see, without nitpicking at every little area that I hate about myself. On the other hand, (and this is where balance comes into play), I need to not let myself get so comfortable in the whole "I love my body exactly how it is" concept that I start to get lazy. For once in my life, I will strive to accept my body the way it is - surgery scars, tummy fat, and all - and NOT beat myself up over its imperfections.

I have a feeling that achieving this balance will be a lifelong effort. I will constantly have to work at finding healthy balances in those areas of my life.

Now that I've just talked about balance, more specifically, balance in my exercise life, in my next breath, I'm confessing something... I'm actually kind of, sort of, possibly considering running a marathon. Maybe the Indianapolis Marathon this fall, in September. I ran the half, and I loved the race! In all the spirits of Goofy going around this past weekend, I think it would be amazing to do the Goofy Challenge. In order to do that, I think it might be wise for me to complete a marathon before trying a marathon and a half. Know what I mean, Vern?

Anyway, that's my little contemplation floating around in my head. We'll see where that leads us...

Happy Thursday-Almost-Friday!

If you could assign one word to your goals, hopes, aspirations for the New Year and beyond, what word do you think that might be?

Friday, January 7, 2011

Fitness Friday

Happy Friday! I can't tell you how happy I am that Friday has finally arrived. The days this week just seemed to drag. by. so. slowly.

So, anyway... Its Fitness Friday. I'm doing my best to incorporate more strength/resistance training into my workout regimen on a regular basis. The Hubs, also the powerlifter, gets magazines occasionally from different supplement companies, powerlifting gyms, etc. He got one recently from Beverly International, a maker of high-end supplements and protein powders. And while BI supplements come very few and far between in our home, their No Nonsense publication isn't too bad, as I discovered the other day. I found an article in the current article for a Bikini Workout. Before you skip ahead... this isn't your typical Shape or Self Magazine "bikini" workout. This is a workout regimen aimed at women who compete. Meaning, they train their bodies and discipline their diets with the intention of having a slender but toned body. Let me just say, I have NO INTENTION of ever competing. Especially in something like bikini division. However, I looked the workout over, and I liked what I saw. The workout is created by Women's Fitness Expert Julie Lohre, and it entails 3 days of resistance training alternated with 3 days of cardio workouts. I'm not really planning on doing the workout to her exact specifications, mostly because my goals (improving my running fitness) are different from the goals of her clients (competing and winning in Bikini Division). But I like the resistance workouts she offers.

Today is a "high day" for my diet. This means I'm eating lean proteins and I'm also consuming a high number of carbs (thank GOD, because I have missed my carbs), while keeping my fat intake as low as possible. Thanks to my time spent as a client of bodybuilder and nutritionist Shelby Starnes (hey, I had to get that baby weight off somehow, and as we should all know, diet is a HUGE part of fat loss), I learned that strength training offers the best benefits when done on a high day. So, today was my strength training. I slightly modified Julie Lohre's quads/hams/calves/glutes workout, but just to include some different cardio than prescribed and to add in a bit of ab work. I only added the ab work because I hadn't really worked that area much this week. It was more of a modification for now, before jumping into the rest of the workouts more fully next week. I will most likely do a little tweaking, only because my AM workout time is limited, and I'm not sure yet if I will be able to fit in the prescribed 3 resistance training workouts. It may stay at 2, it may change week-to-week. We'll see.

So, anyway, I loved the workout this morning. It was excellent resistance training and it also incorporated some cardio segments. I'll be anxious to see how doing these particular workouts will affect my overall fitness.

And for something different... I told you all in my last post about the book I was reading, Made to Crave, by Lysa TerKeurst. Let me just tell you, I LOVE THIS BOOK. I highly recommend this book to anyone, regardless of their weight, who battles with food on a daily basis. I know I do not have a weight problem. However, my relationship with food is very unhealthy, as you read in my last post. The only reason I don't currently have a weight problem is because I'm staying active. So, whether you're overweight, underweight, or normal weight, if you have any sort of issues with food, I highly suggest you get this book.

Have a Happy Friday and wonderful weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Back for the New Year - Its time for some brutal honesty

Happy Hump Day!

Its been awhile since either of us have posted anything, and I've been somewhat mentally compiling a post lately. But who knows how organized this post will actually be, since my brain isn't always super organized.

Its a new year, new goals, new hopes, new everything. I'm not one for resolutions, per se. Just goals. This year, I'm begging myself to for once in my life, just be happy with the body I have. Its a spiritual journey for me, more than anything. I've been convicted in my heart that I need to be happy with what God has blessed me with. He has blessed me with a strong body that is capable of running, He has blessed me with a body capable of growing and carrying a baby, and a body that, despite my insecurities, is exactly how God meant it to be. I have insecurities, but God created this body, so I need to be appreciative of my gift, imperfections and all.

I've started back with my clean-eating diet, or carb cycling. I'm mostly doing it to try to get a few more pounds off, now that I'm finished with breastfeeding. I'm also reading a new book. Its called Made to Crave, by Lysa TerKeurst. This is what her website has to say about the book:

Has food become more about frustration than fulfillment? Made to Crave is the missing link between a woman’s desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make that happen. Author Lysa TerKeurst personally understands the battle that women face. In Made to Crave, she will help you:

  • Break the cycle of “I’ll start again on Monday,” and feel good about yourself today.

  • Stop agonizing over numbers on the scale and make peace with your body.

  • Replace rationalization that leads to diet failure with wisdom that leads to victory.

  • Reach your healthy goals and grow closer to God through the process.

This book is not a how-to manual or the latest, greatest dieting plan. Made to Crave is a helpful companion to use alongside whatever healthy eating approach you choose — a book and Bible study to help you find the “want to” in how to make healthy lifestyle changes.
Join Lysa and experience all that you were made to crave!

I'm loving it so far... Its very convicting. I especially love the challenging question she asks in the book: "Is it possible we love and rely on food more than we love and rely on God?"

Wow. Talk about a convicting question. As I have read this book, I have felt like Lysa was speaking directly to me. Her statement a few paragraphs later is exactly ME: "I had to get honest enough to admit it: I relied on food more than I relied on God. I craved food more than I craved God. Food was my comfort. Foot was my reward. Food was my joy. Food was what I turned to in times of stress, sadness, and even in times of happiness."

Friends and I have joked around about how I am with food, but I really do have a seriously unhealthy relationship with food. I will sneak food by the handful, whatever is available, when my husband is out of the room... I will stuff myself silly, and then seriously consider purging it. I'll eat when I'm bored, too. I don't even have to be hungry. I'll even acknowledge that I'm not hungry... Food is my "something to do". If its in my line of sight, I'll most likely eat it. My co-workers give me a hard time because I tend to operate by the "out of sight, out of mind" theory. If there are treats or junk food of any kind, I'll usually cover it up with a pillow case or paper towels. I know if I can't see it, I forget that its there. To them, its funny and probably somewhat annoying, but to me, its completely necessary. So, overall, its just not a very good relationship.

Anyway, that's my brutally honest post for the year. On the running side of things... I ran in the Resolution Revolution on New Years Day. It was great... I managed to run the whole 6 miles (you had the option of running 2, 4, or 6 miles), and I had an awesome time of 55:30. I had my favorite cheerleaders there with me, the Hubs and the Babe.

Awesome shot here... this was taken by the photographers working the race... Its like they were aiming right at me.
Me and the Babe, post-race.

And last, but certainly not least... Ann is back in the game! We are in full-on training mode for the Disney Princess Half Marathon at the end of February. The Hubs and I are also planning our family vacation for the week following the race. TOTALLY excited!

Happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Running is my therapy.

I have no idea where this post is going, so, I apologize in advance. I'm just really frustrated. There are things going on in my family that are way beyond my control, and really there is nothing I can even do about it. In spite of any good intentions I may have of fixing anything, I know that any actions I take could seriously blow up in my face. So, it basically leaves me with my hands tied. I'm the type of person who has a "fix-it" mentality. When a conflict arises, I want to resolve it and move on appropriately. However, with this particular conflict, I can't do a darn thing because, as I just mentioned, it will blow up in my face, no matter how sincere my intentions are.

After learning some news this morning, it appeared very convenient that I was heading to the gym for a run this morning. I needed an outlet for the emotions and frustrations I was feeling at the time. I made it to the gym and was able to crank out 5 miles at an average 8:57 pace. I've found that I tend to get better paces when I'm venting my frustrations through running. Does running make my feelings over a particular situation go away? Heck no. I really wish it did though. It doesn't make the feelings go away, but it does calm that desire to throw something through the wall. Because of my "fix-it" mentality, when my hands are tied with a particular situation, it often makes me envision myself throwing something through the wall. And I really want to throw something through the wall. So, instead of exerting that energy by throwing something, I exert it by running. Running is how I'm able to release that anger and bitterness without harming anything (like said wall).

I've been working hard at trying to run or go to a spinning class most days of the week. I really think its partly due to all of the emotions I've been carrying over the last couple months related to everything going on. Running is my physical outlet for all the negative emotions I carry.

So, I want to know... how does running help you, besides the obvious physical benefits? How does it help you cope with life?

Also... several weeks ago, I had mentioned something that was potentially happening that would create a HUGE life change. Well, that potential change will not be taking place. Its disappointing and relieving all at once. It would have been an awesome opportunity, but on the other hand, its relieving to know we won't be going anywhere super-duper far away for awhile (although I DO still want to go somewhere semi-far from here).

Aaaaaaand... some of you are probably wondering where Ann is. She'll be back!! I'll let her divulge what she wants to divulge. But she will be back soon. :) I love you, sis!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Fitness Friday?

Sure! Its Friday, and I ran this morning. So, we'll definitely file today under Fitness Friday! Its been rather crazy around here lately. Lots of things that always come up that I want to write about, but never get around to actually doing it. Just too much stuff going on. But, I won't bore you with all those details.

The Babe got his first ear infection this week. That has totally sucked... more so for him than me, I'm sure. He woke up around 11pm about 3 nights ago and screamed & cried unconsolably all night long. It was terribly rough, especially since we could not figure out what was wrong with him. No fever, not tugging on ears, not coughing... All he had was a runny nose, and he had had that for a few days by this point. So, what now? Well, thank GOD the Hubs had some paid time off (classified as "unforseen time"), so he stayed up with the Babe most of the night so I could make it to work the next day. He took him into the doctor and turned out he had a raging ear infection. The kid never once touched his ear all night long. Luckily, we got him on the appropriate meds, and he's been doing much better since then, although not taking more than a few ounces at a time from the bottle.

Other than that, I've been trying to run, but haven't been able to. This week has been so screwy that I haven't gotten in as many workouts as I'd like. BUT, I still made it in. I was able to do an hour on the 'mill yesterday, and did 4.5 miles this morning, in spite of the longer drive due to crappy roads from the snow we got last night. So, all in all, I'd call this week 'satisfactory'. I got some work in, although not quite as much as I'd like (only because its the holiday season).

I've decided that I'll be cutting myself a little bit of slack, diet-wise for this month. I want to enjoy the goodies that come in multitudes this time of year without feeling guilty. And so, I've decided that I'd much rather workout more so that I can enjoy those goodies, as opposed to avoiding the goodies. Hopefully I'll break even this month.

Have a wonderful weekend, All!!